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Major Peace Prize Awarded To Human Rights Activist From Western Sahara

The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ goes to five human rights activists this year. Among them is Aminatou Haidar of the Western Sahara. Ms. Haidar receives the Right Livelihood Award “for her steadfast nonviolent action, despite imprisonment and torture, in pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western…

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PART I: A Quest for Garifuna Visibility in America’s Census

By Khalil Abdullah, Ethnic Media Services Gilberto Amaya’s career in international development has taken him across more than 30 countries as he implemented renewable energy systems, agribusiness projects, and poverty alleviation initiatives. He witnessed post-independence struggles of sovereign states whose names are rarely heard on U.S. nightly newscasts — Burkina Faso, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe. A…

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South Africans Mark World Aids Day With New ‘Wonder’ Drug

On the occasion of World Aids Day, South African health minister Zweli Mkhize announced the roll-out of a new state-of-the-art antiretroviral drug which, he said, should drastically reduce the number of people living with HIV. The roll-out could start as soon as this month. A modified three-in-one pill was hailed as a ‘game-changer’, much needed…

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World Leaders Gather For Major Climate Confab With Africa In The Spotlight

As world leaders gather in Madrid, Spain, for one of the largest global conferences on the environment, a new report from the U.S.-based Save the Children Fund warns that real world impacts of climate change are threatening tens of millions of people in East and Southern Africa with what it terms “climate shock.” Floods, landslides,…

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Serena Williams Builds Schools in Jamaica, Africa

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia While many deep-pocketed philanthropists and celebrities will write checks to support worthy causes, Tennis megastar Serena Williams routinely goes the extra mile. In a recently released video, Williams donned a pair of jeans, workboats, a hardhat and went to work on Salt Marsh Elementary School in…

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African Plant Extinction Blamed On Human Activity

A new study warns that a third of tropical African plants are on the path to extinction, with much of western Africa standing to lose more than 40 percent of plant diversity. Ethiopia, and parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the hardest hit regions, the researchers found. Species at risk…

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Ethiopia’s Fragile Union Of Ethnic Groups Inches Towards Break-Up

Some of the 80 ethnic groups that form the nation of Ethiopia are demanding greater autonomy and are voting with their feet for self-government. This month, the Sidama people voted overwhelmingly to become self-governing, casting 98.5 percent of the votes backing the change. The Sidama – who number about 3 million – represent close to…

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‘Fishrot Files’ Reveal Costly Web Of Bribes From Iceland To Namibia

The stench of fish rot is wafting over Namibia. It’s taken down two Namibian ministers and leaves an Icelandic fisheries minister in the hot seat. “A coterie of well-heeled vampires is sucking our fishing sector dry!” protested the local Namibian newspaper as news of the corrupt trading of valuable fishing quotas came to light. Corruption…

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Risks Grow For African Leaders Seeking Extended Term

It’s not a piece of cake these days for leaders of African countries plotting to rewrite their constitutions and give themselves another decade or two in power, frustrating efforts by citizen groups to give other leaders a chance to rule. That’s the endgame facing Guinean President Alpha Conde who is poised to approve a new…

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South African Airlines In Crisis Mode As Workers Strike For Better Pay

Unions representing more than half of South African Airways (SAA) workforce called a strike last week after the airline refused to meet wage and job security demands. The unions, representing more than 3,000 workers, walked out on Nov. 15 after the state-owned airline rejected their demand for 8% raises, offering 5.9% instead. The airline is…

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Becoming A Better Leader In 2020

Six New Year’s Resolution Tips by Joseph Ellick When a new year comes, people around the world look forward to putting things in place and setting new goals to improve personally or professionally. The biggest challenge at times is knowing what it’s going to take to make that desire a reality to apply to your…

Our Children Are Leading Us. Hallelujah!

By Marian Wright Edelman In December Time magazine named then-16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg their 2019 Person of the Year—the youngest person ever honored. Time noted that this brave, determined teenager represents a new wave of young people who refuse to accept the world adults have created for them: “Her global climate strike is the largest and most…

Imagine a World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We have an impeached president in our country because he has done so much destruction to our country. He has even destroyed who others believe we are! Many Americans have lost faith in who we once thought we were. I’ve heard Americans talk about being embarrassed to…

Will the Assassination of Iran’s Gen. Soleimani Be Trump’s 1914 Moment?

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Last night, at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed a number one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qassem Soleimani…We took action last night to stop a war…We did not take action to start a war.” – President Donald Trump…

Useful Guidelines for Action from Ancestral Warriors

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As we enter into a new year and a new decade, it will be to our advantage to pay much closer attention to serious guidelines from some of our most brilliant and committed ancestral warriors. In alphabetical order, they include the following: Lerone Bennett, Jr.-“The Black middle class can…

Opportunity Grows for Entrepreneurs in 2020

By Ashley D. Bell Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (Black PR Wire) A new year brings new opportunity. As we celebrate the 2nd year of the Tax Cuts Jobs Act, small businesses are well positioned to grow and prosper.  The year end-review highlights include more than 7 million jobs created since November 2016, and…

Christmas Memories of Old Schoolers

By Beverly Gadson-Birch After attending two old schoolers funerals in two days, I woke up in rewind mode. After arriving home from the funeral service of one of the last surviving moms from my old neighborhood and checking my phone messages, another old school mom passed away. I don’t know if the deaths are contributing to my…

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Healthcare Makes Me Sick!

By Barney Blakeney Better to have and not need, than to need and not have. I last week had a medical procedure done. Healthcare costs, ya’ll! As the Democratic primary closes in – Saturday, February 29 is the date of the election – I’m pressed to figure out what the candidates stand for and who…

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The Virtues of Respect Reaches Home

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was thinking the other day about the  values of expressing common decency among one another while in a discussion with another soul. I call showing that expression respect. Today’s topic was suggested to me by a Euro-American lady who reads The Chronicle at her job. She saw me last Saturday at…

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Charleston County School Board: Hitched the horse back up to the wagon

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Charleston County School Board made some sweeping educational changes at its regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting December 16. The changes were long overdue and were put in place to address years of concerns regarding inequities and biases from stakeholders–parents, students, ministers, community organizations and activists. The Board’s Strategic Education Committee unveiled its…

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Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Future

By Barney Blakeney Okay, I promise this will be my last column about the November 5 municipal elections – or maybe not. I’m still seething about the performance of Black voters. It seems too many of us just don’t get it. I’m convinced the power of education, economics and politics will set my people free.…

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Mr. Garvin’s Courteous Wisdom

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Please forgive me as I attempt to expound on a somewhat disappearing “hue-man” trait in interpersonal communication that I find sorely missing today. That trait is one of simply being courteous. As I travel and move about in my day-to-day activities, I come in contact with and meet, for the most, some…

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Let’s Support Our Bulldogs!

We’re asking everyone to show their support for the football team and the Athletic Department this school year (2019-2020). You can show your support to the athletes by donating to the Athletic Department and by coming out to support the athletes at the games. This year all of the home football games will be played…

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New Voting Machines

With less than two month before voting starts in Charleston County, the public has not been informed that new machines will be used. We are happy the new machines will allow voter verification, but such transitions must allow more lead-time for voter training. In 2015 Charleston County Election Commission Reports showed some precincts with 114%…

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Black Women in South Carolina Deserve Equal Pay

By Elected Black Women, SC General Assembly Today, August 22, marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Far from a celebration, this day represents how far Black women nationwide had to work into 2019 to match what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2018. Nationally, Black women working full-time, year-round earned 61 cents for every dollar earned…

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Benny Starr Hosts Mo’ Better Brunch at Blue Note Bistro

My fondest childhood memories growing up in rural Berkeley County, South Carolina are filled with music. I recall the soulful voices of Whitney, Otis, Michael—Shirley Caesar, all leaping from my mother’s stereo and into my mind’s eye. These voices held a majestic quality and sounded as if they came from someplace far off. On Saturdays,…

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Hair Love, an 2020 Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time

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Damon L. Fordham teaches African American history at various colleges in the Charleston area. The above story is referenced in his book “True Stories of Black South Carolina,” and he may be reached at Damonfordham@yahoo.com for speaking engagements.